Himes pushes for nationwide marriage equality

Congressman Jim Himes, who represents most of Shelton, is calling for nationwide marriage equality on the same day the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments on an important same-sex marriage case.

“As a proud, lifelong supporter of marriage equality, I have been so pleased to witness same-sex couples marrying in more and more states across the country since the Windsor decision,” Himes, a fourth-term Democrat, said in a reference to the 2013 U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision ruling the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional.

“But discriminatory state marriage bans still prevent thousands of committed same-sex couples from enjoying the same rights and benefits as their fellow Americans,” he said.

“And states with these laws continue to ignore legal marriages that were performed in places like Connecticut, which has helped lead the way on equality," Himes said.

‘The right side of history’

Himes said he joined 210 his Democratic House and Senate colleagues “to file an amicus brief calling on the Supreme Court to throw out these unconstitutional bans that deny the right to marry to so many.

“I am hopeful the court will both rule in favor of countless loving couples across the United States and be on the right side of history by recognizing full marriage equality nationally,” he said.

On April 28, the U.S. Supreme Court begins hearing arguments in the Obergefell v. Hodges marriage equality case.

With the Windsor case two years ago, Himes said, “the Supreme Court righted a terrible historical wrong and overturned the Defense of Marriage Act.”

Shelton has two congressional districts

Himes, a Democrat, represents the Fourth Congressional District, which includes most of Shelton and much of Fairfield County. He was first elected in 2008 and lives in Greenwich.

A small part of Shelton is in the Third Congressional District, represented by Democratic U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro of New Haven. DeLauro was first elected to Congress in 1990.